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I really like this piece. It's two works of Dalí's that I really enjoy more than the others (although, he is one of my favorite painters in general).

The woman figure is alone in the foreground, which is typical of art I like. Although this is a surrealist work, the is a realistic figure (not like Cubism, which takes away the figure-part). The drawers can have symbolism any which way you like it: her thoughts, her inner spaces, how compartmentalized she is, that they're open to the world, that they're empty...could be anything.

There is a city in the background full of normal figures, as well as another drawer-person and disembodied drawers, indicating another class of people or some accoutrement that, when applied to people, transforms them into a different sort. Of course, that's only if you think that's it is reasonable to apply any sort of meaning or analysis to surrealist art.

I must say, though, nice knobs.

Date: 2015-07-16 06:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bleodswean.livejournal.com
I adore Dali, too! The person as well as the artist!

And HAHAHAHA to your quip!

Of course, that's only if you think that's it is reasonable to apply any sort of meaning or analysis to surrealist art. Why would you think that Surrealism shouldn't by analyzed?????

Date: 2015-07-16 06:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kilobot8.livejournal.com
I like to analyze things, so I always do, but sometimes it's possible to just explore an idea without having a really deep meaning behind it. Maybe he just wanted to do a picture of a woman who had drawers coming out of her. Maybe he has a particularly sensual pair of knobs on his desk. It could be as simple as...what if people had drawers? Or, it's so hot in the desert a clock melted!

This line of thinking is especially coming from the artist friends I know, who do a piece for whatever stupid reason, and then everyone looking at it ascribes it meaning they couldn't even notice while they were making it. Especially abstract art seems to provoke this response. Trying to see something there, when it's just meant to explore color or shape.

Date: 2015-07-16 06:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bleodswean.livejournal.com
*nods* Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. But this is NEVER the case with the Surrealists. ;) They worked with a thin opening inbetween the conscious and subconscious mind. They were thinkers before artists. They want their work to be viewed with an eye for the symbolic and to be interpreted in line with considering the human condition.

I agree with you that abstract art is usually just "studies".

Date: 2015-07-16 06:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kilobot8.livejournal.com
Good to know!

I haven't really studied art history at all, so I didn't know that was such a giant part of that school of painting. I mostly know how to identify schools of painting by "what the art looks like" in general and not much beyond.

It seems I am definitely a surrealist ;)

Date: 2015-07-16 07:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bleodswean.livejournal.com
I cannot think of a more AMAZING journey than delving deeper into the Surrealists! If you already feel a kinship with this artwork, you will most probably enjoy the hell out of studying the artists and their movement. A true subculture!

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